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What I remember most from when my kid was starting kindergarten is the anxiety. We didn’t know the school as well as we would have liked, didn’t know the staff, or even the name of our son’s teacher. The orientation materials arrived in the mail just before the school year started and didn’t answer
Flowers as symbols of life and hope This summer, we observe the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. My grandfather fought in that war. One of my most prized possessions is a commemorative picture of him (he’s on the right) and his friend, taken just before they left for the front.
This year, on July 2, we will mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. For me, as director of the Region X Equity Assistance Center, it is another landmark because the Equity Assistance Centers were created in the Civil Rights Act as Desegregation Assistance Centers.
Is there a recipe for a “super teacher” when it comes to helping English language learner (ELL) students develop academic English skills? That question is important throughout the nation, as the proportion of ELL students has climbed by almost 64 percent from 1994–95 to 2009–10. During the same 15
Does our fear of failure stifle our creativity and innovation? Focusing on failure may seem like an odd way to inaugurate a blog on strengthening schools and communities. But failure is a significant and everyday fact of life. As the pizza lovers among you might know, one major takeout chain has
Community college students who transfer to four-year universities have low rates of bachelor’s degree completion. What policy changes does research suggest?
We are deeply inspired by the seven people we are honoring as we observe Hispanic Heritage Month. This year, we are focusing on people who are doing meaningful work right now and have the potential to create wonderful legacies as leaders and role models.
Join REL Northwest for a free Oct. 4 webinar exploring two programs that have helped underrepresented students earn a degree.
OLN Guest Blogger Carlos Sequeira outlines a new project designed to increase interest among talented and diverse Oregon high school students in becoming teachers.
The Institute for Youth Success at Education Northwest is hosting Empowered Hour: Conversations on Youth Success (and Drinks!).
IYS Night at the Movies is a celebration—a time to recognize the work of the afterschool, mentoring, and youth-development staff in our community. Your dedication is transforming Oregon, one student at a time.
Roughly one-third of students who did not file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA, would have been eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, which provides aid for low-income undergraduate students and substantially lowers the costs of college. What are the barriers
Learn about 6+1 Trait® Writing live and in person! Join us in June 2019 in Portland, Oregon for our latest institutes: Improving Student Writing for All Learners and 6+1 Trait Writing Leadership Institute. Learn more and register today! The 6+1 Trait® Writing Model of Instruction & Assessment
Dr. Ethel Simon-McWilliams, a strong advocate for children and educational equity, died July 12, 2017. She joined Education Northwest (then known as the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory) in 1979 and served as the organization’s executive director/chief executive officer from the mid-1990s
Springdale Elementary School in Washington state dedicated itself to school improvement through a series of focused change cycles. Did the school's efforts pay off?
      Do you know what it takes to build an emotionally and physically safe space for youth? Building an emotionally safe community of peers and adults is essential for youth to learn and develop as individuals. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to a variety of activities
      The Research Institute (TRI), in partnership with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), is hosting the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) 2016 Spring Conference at Western Oregon University on May 5 and 6. The conference theme is "Every Student Thriving, and the
      Leading For Equity (LFE) is an intensive two-day institute for teams working on educational equity efforts. The National Equity Project provides teams with expert, caring guidance and facilitation to collaboratively address the personal and technical challenges they face in their schools,
Oregon Promise, a program that covers most tuition at Oregon community colleges, appears to be having an impact on the college-going decisions of students—particularly first-generation students.
Spanish-speaking students—the largest group of language minority students in Washington state—take fewer advanced courses and earn lower grades in those courses than other language minority students and English-only speakers, regardless of whether they are classified as English learners.

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